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Cal for proposals for special issues - Policy & Politics

Policy & Politics has been publishing seminal works on public and social policy, and politics for over 40 years. It is a world-leading journal that is committed to advancing understanding of the dynamics of policy-making and implementation.  By exploring the interplay between political actors, governing institutions and policy issues, the journal contributes to theories of the policy process; and by reflecting on the evolving context in which these interactions occur, it provides critical insights that are timely and fresh.


The journal’s co-editors invite proposals for a special issue to be published online in 2018 and in print in 2019 that will make a significant contribution to our understanding of public or social policy and/or politics. 

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New book: governance, politics, policy

The ECPR Standing Group 'Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis' would like to draw your attention to the following publication, produced by the UK Political Studies Association's ‘Interpretive Political Science Specialist Group’:

Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policy (Nick Turnbull, ed.) May 2016, ISBN 9781138777286. Routledge: http://bit.ly/2022evN 

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New journal on policy in higher education

Policy Reviews in Higher Education is the new journal from the Society of Research into Higher Education, and will be launching at their annual research conference in December 2016.

The journal will open up a space for publishing in-depth accounts of significant areas of policy development affecting higher education internationally. 

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Review of how EU membership has affected national policy, politics and polity

An international group of academics have produced an ESRC funded review of the academic evidence on how EU membership has influenced UK policies (climate, energy, agriculture, fishers and environment), polity (government, parliamentary and legal systems etc.) and politics (political parties, politicians and pressure groups etc.), and how the UK has, in turn, shaped EU thinking and practice.

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CFP - cross-disciplinary approach to the anthropology of the political


Anthropological Notebooks 2017--Call for papers (JCR 2014 IF 0.543, anthropology 52/84)
Special issue: Postnational social contract in the 21st century: a cross-disciplinary contribution to the anthropology of the political 
Guest editor: Ksenija Vidmar Horvat, University of Ljubljana 

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New book: Knowing Governance The Epistemic Construction of Political Order

Knowing Governance
The Epistemic Construction of Political Order
Edited By Jan-Peter Voß and Richard Freeman

Knowing Governance sets out to understand governance through the design and making of its models and instruments. What kinds of knowledge do they require and reproduce? How are new understandings of governance produced in practice, by scientists and policy makers and by the publics with whom they engage? How does politics work through the production of ideas and information that both describe and prescribe how governing is done? This book outlines and explores a new approach to the study of governance at the intersection of governmentality studies, interpretive policy studies and science and technology studies. Each chapter presents an empirically-grounded case study of how particular accounts of governing are worked out, and how new realities of governance emerge in the course of making it knowable. Each introduces and applies a key concept from science and technology studies, setting out a variety of ways of making knowledge about governance and its constituent politics.

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New blog on environmental governance

Jens Newig at Leuphana University Lüneburg is happy to announce a new blog on environmental and sustainability governance. At http://sustainability-governance.net we share ideas on designing and implementing institutions, policies, and governance processes across the broad area of environmental and sustainability governance.

Previous posts include thoughts on transdisciplinarity, on values in policy-making or impressions from the Richard Wesley Conference on Environmental Politics and Governance.

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Forum on interpretive policy analysis

A forum in the latest issue of the journal Critical Policy Studies includes an article about the interpretive approach to policy, along with critiques from several members of an international network of scholars interested in critical and interpretive policy studies. This forum should be especially useful for teaching students about interpretive/critical methods, their distinctiveness from positivist approaches, and the relation between epistemology, theoretical perspective, and methodology/methods.

Through an arrangement with the publisher, these articles have been made available for free downloading at this link: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcps20/current .

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CFP - new journal

European Policy Analysis (EPA) is a double blind peer-reviewed journal on policy research with an emphasis on European countries, issues and studies (and/or) which follows a comparative approach (and/or) which contributes to the theoretical understanding of policy research under the aegis of the Policy Studies Organization (PSO). It appears twice a year, in spring and in fall, as online, e-book and print version. General editors are Nils C. Bandelow (Braunschweig/Germany), Peter Biegelbauer (Wien/Austria), Fritz Sager (Bern/Switzerland) and Klaus Schubert (Münster/Germany). Please visit http://www.ipsonet.org/publications/open-access/epa for more information about the journal

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CFP - Transformation of public services through e-government

Special isue on the experiences of developing countries of the transformation of public services through the adoption of e-government

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Dr. Frank Louis Kwaku Ohemeng, University of Ottawa, Canada

This special issue attempts to fill the lacuna left by the lack of empirical studies on the adoption and implementation of e-government in developing countries. It will thus draw on case studies to determine whether or not e-government is transforming, or has actually transformed, the relevant public sector institutions. The questions this special issue attempts to answer include: What is meant by the transformation of public services through e-government? Is there in fact any hard evidence delineating the transformation of public sector institutions through the adoption of e-government? If so, can such transformation be solely attributed to e-government and, if not, then what other factors may account for any transformation or lack thereof? What are the challenges and prospects for the adoption of e-government in public sector institutions in developing countries?

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New journal: Policy Reviews in Higher Education

Aims and Objectives of the New Journal

The journal aims to open up a space for publishing in-depth accounts of significant areas of policy development affecting higher education internationally. Authors from a range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to analyse higher education from fresh perspectives, including drawing on concepts and theories from other academic fields.

Policy here is conceived as relevant to all areas of higher education activity, including transnational education, university governance and leadership, quality assurance and enhancement, academic work, curriculum development and student learning, occurring at the local, regional, national and international levels. Comparative analyses across higher education systems are particularly encouraged.

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New book series

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy is a new series established by Cambridge University Press to promote and disseminate comparative research in public policy. Edited by M. Ramesh, Wu Xun and Michael Howlett, the series welcomes proposals for new books from established scholars and first-time authors alike.

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New book on tools for policy-makers

The Tools Of Policy Formulation: Actors, Capacities, Venues and Effects, edited by Andy Jordan and John Turnpenny Two British authors have commissioned chapters elaborating on the approaches that a well-equipped policy-maker should have in his or her toolbox. If only we could find these policy-makers. Or they their toolboxes.

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CFP - Asian Journal of Public Affairs

The Asian Journal of Public Affairs (AJPA), which is is the flagship student-run journal of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). is now accepting submissions for Volume 8, Issue 2. We welcome manuscripts from scholars and practitioners on topics relevant to public policy in Asia. s.

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Call for chapters in Policy Studies Yearbook

The Policy Studies Journal Yearbook is currently in the process of recruiting a graduate student author to write a retrospective review to be published in the 2016 Policy Studies Journal’s Public Policy Yearbook. We are asking for recommendations for students to author articles in the following policy subfields:

   Defense and Public Policy
   Environmental Policy
   Economic Policy
   Health Policy

These review articles will be showcased on the Yearbook’s website (www.psjyearbook.com) and will also be published in a supplemental issue of the Policy Studies Journal in May 2016.

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New journal -European Policy Analysis

we are glad to announce that the first issue of EPA (European Policy Analysis) has been published. It is now free accessible on-line

The journal's editors Nils Bandelow (Brunswick), Peter Biegelbauer (Vienna), Fritz Sager (Bern) and Klaus Schubert (Muenster) present a journal focusing on Europe and thus addressing an international audience and invite everyone who is interested to be part of EPA – as a reader, guest editor or author. If you wish to submit an article, you're welcome to answer our call for papers, which you find by reading on. There is also a first call for special issue guest editors.

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the editors.

Contact via email: epa@politikfeldanalyse.de

For additional information please visit ipsonet.org.

Yours sincerely, Nils Bandelow, Peter Biegelbauer, Fritz Sager, Klaus Schubert

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CFP Political economy of local regulation

CALL FOR CHAPTERS for a proposed book on THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF LOCAL REGULATION: The impact of the local level on economic regulation according to the Turin School of Local Regulation, to be edited by Alberto Asquer and Franco Becchis

After about three years since its inception, the Turin School of Local Regulation aims to invite its members and academics who share an interest towards local regulation to contribute to a collective publication to express our particular concern towards the specialty of the local level for the study of regulation. The proposed edited book, on “The Political Economy of Local Regulation” precisely aims to address the positive and policy issues that arise around the design and administration of regulatory systems at the local level. The book project has been proposed to the Palgrave series on “Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy”, edited by Professors Toby Carroll, M Ramesh, Darryl S L Jarvis, and Paul Cammack.

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CFP - Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications

The Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications is a refereed international journal that seeks to publish scholarly work in the social sciences defined in the classical sense, which is in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. The research that is published may take a theoretical or speculative model as well as statistical and mathematical. Contributions are welcome from all fields which have relevant and insightful comments to make about the social sciences. The journal bridges social science communities across disciplines and continents with a view to sharing information and debate with the widest possible audience. It has a particular interest in policy-relevant questions and interdisciplinary approaches. It serves as a forum for review, reflection and discussion informed by the results of recent and ongoing research.

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Special issue on innovations in climate policy

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS, Vol 23, No 5: SPECIAL ISSUE: ‘Innovations in Climate Policy’ A special issue comprising ten new papers (four of them Gold ‘Open Access’) explore the governance of climate change from a fresh perspective

Governance gaps are arising from the struggle to seal the deal on a comprehensive new international agreement. But failure at the international level should not, the authors argue, be confused with a lack of innovation at national and sub-national levels. Policy innovation in these domains should, however, be analysed holistically, in terms of invention, diffusion and evaluation. The challenges that arise from doing so are systematically explored against studies of policy innovation dynamics in relation to feed in tariffs, emissions trading and adaptation partnerships etc.

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Annual Review of Policy Design

Michael Howlett tells us that the Annual Review of Policy Design has just published its latest issue (December 2014 Vol 2 (1)) at http://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/design, and invites you to review the Table of Contents (read on) and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

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